Here are some of the most common questions we get asked here at Make Salt Lake.
Q: How does this place work?
A: Make Salt Lake works a lot like a gym, but with a much more involved community. For a small monthly fee ($75), you can have access to all of the tools, space, and equipment that we have available. Once you sign up, there is a brief Onboarding and Orientation process in order to get your access code. After you have completed that introduction, you are free to use the space 24/7! Some of our areas have additional certifications and trainings that are required before you can use them.
Q: How is Covid-19 effecting Make Salt Lake?
A: Make Salt Lake is still open! Covid-19 has changed how we operate in some ways, but our members are still able to access all of our equipment. The main differences are that we are no longer hosting out Open House events. Instead, to schedule a tour or get signed up, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have limited classes available and some of our certifications have switched to 1-on-1 on online only. For more information, please email us.
Q: When are you open?
A: To our members we never close! For members we are a 24/7 facility. For non-members, we have tours every Wednesday at 6:30 PM when they can come and see our makerspaces, ask questions, meet members, and get signed up. All tours must be pre-arranged at this time, no walk-ins. Please contact us by emailing email@example.com to schedule a tour. (Open houses are currently canceled due to COVID)
Q: Can I bring guests?
A: Yes! You may absolutely bring guests. Show off the space, the tools, and the projects to anyone who is interested. However, you are not allowed to have other non-members using the tools or working with you on projects. Anyone using tools in an area must be a member and have gone through all the proper certification trainings.
Q: Can non-members use the space during open house or tours?
A: Unfortunately no. Only people who are currently members and who have taken the proper certifications can use the equipment or gain access to the space.
Q: How do I sign up?
A: In the time of Covid-19, the best way to sign up is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can schedule a time to take a tour, get signed up, get onboarded, get your access code, and get started all at once! This is the fastest way to get going. You can also sign up via the website. Go to Makesaltlake.org and click Join Now. Fill out the info and follow the instructions. Once you have completed the sign-up, call the Make Salt Lake number (801-872-4294) or send an email to schedule a time to take a tour and do your onboarding.
Q: Are there any discounts?
A: Yes. For veterans and full time students, we have a $35/month membership. And if you sign up for 6 months at a time, you get 1 of those months free ($375/6 months- not available with discounted membership). Student memberships are for a single student over the age of 18, veterans memberships are for a veteran, include a Primary member, spouse/significant other and children that live in the same home.
Q: Who is covered by my membership?
A: MSL memberships are considered household memberships. Households include a Primary member, spouse/significant other and children that live in the same home. All members must go through the onboarding process and the certifications for any areas they wish to use, but there is only the one monthly fee.
Q: Can I sell what I build?
A: Yes absolutely. We have many members who use Etsy, Amazon Handmade and Ebay to sell their products. We also have members who run businesses or sell products at farmers markets and craft fairs locally. Whatever you make is yours to do with as you please.
Q: Are there people around to show me how to use the tools?
A: Many of our areas have certifications that are required before you are granted access. They go over basics of safety, proper use, and care of the equipment and can serve as a strong base of knowledge. They do not focus on skills or tips and tricks for using the tools. We don’t have people designated to answer questions or to be on site for explanations, however, our community is welcoming and very knowledgeable. If you ever find yourself with questions or looking for more information on a tool or area, members you see using the space are usually available to answer questions and Slack (our online message board) is always a great place to go with questions.
Q: How do certifications work?
A: Certifications are required for many of the areas at MSL. See below for a complete list of certifications. These certifications usually take the form of classes that range from 30 minutes to 2 hours and are taught by a skilled and knowledgeable member of Make Salt Lake. If a certification class is required, you will be required to take it before using any of the tools in that area or in some cases, before you can access the area. When you complete the class, you will then be allowed to begin using the tools and in some cases will receive an access code to gain entry to the shop or area (if you are a current MSL member). You do not need to be a MSL member to take classes and certifications.**
Q: Who do I contact if I have questions? Who works here?
A: Everyone! The great thing about MSL is that we are almost completely volunteer run. That means that if you have a question, the best people to ask are your fellow members. Slack is the best place to ask the membership as a whole any question you have. You can also reach out to the Shop Tech or any of the Shop Champions on Slack. And if anyone asks a question that you know about, please chime in! You can also email us at email@example.com or call us at 1-801-872-4294
Q: Are kids allowed?
A: Yes! Kids are absolutely welcome. Any child under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with a membership at all times, but they are definitely encouraged to come use the space. We even have a small kids corner area for younger children who want to hang out and be creative while a parent or guardian works.